Barely a month after revealing he’d been diagnosed with cancer, comedian Barry Crimmins has died. Crimmins’s wife, Helen, who’s battling stage four non-Hodgkins lymphoma herself, shared the sad news on Twitter early Thursday morning.
“Helen here with sad news ... Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat and I,” she wrote, referring to comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. “He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace.”
Crimmins, one of the founders of the Boston comedy scene in the 1980s and a hero to the likes of Stephen Wright and Denis Leary, was well known for his left-leaning political views, which informed much of of his humor. He was the subject of the 2015 documentary “Call Me Lucky,” directed by Goldthwait.
Friends, fans, and fellow comics responded to Crimmins’ passing with emotional tributes on social media. Here are just a few:
Helen Crimmins, photographer
Helen here with sad news...Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat and I. He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace.— Barry Crimmins (@crimmins) March 1, 2018
Judd Apatow, producer, director
Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show,” comedian
Rest in Power Barry Crimmins. You fought with your whole heart to make the world better. Thank you. xo— Lizz "Executive Time" Winstead (@lizzwinstead) March 1, 2018
John Hodgman, humorist, author
Dana Gould, comedian, actor
Rest In Peace, Barry Crimmins.— Dana Gould (@danagould) March 1, 2018
“He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people?"
- Marlene Dietrich in Touch Of Evil
Hari Kondabolu, comedian, filmmaker, actor
Michael Ian Black, comedian, actor, writer